15-Year-Old Hayward Boy Died On Train Tracks

Authorities identify Austin Price as the teenager who was struck and killed Thursday night by an Amtrak train in San Lorenzo.


Bay City News -- The boy who was fatally struck by an Amtrak train in San Lorenzo on Thursday evening has been identified as 15-year-old Austin Price of Hayward, according to the Alameda County coroner's bureau.

Price was struck on the tracks north of the Hayward Amtrak station at about 6:40 p.m., Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said.

KTVU reported that the accident occurred on the tracks near Lewelling Boulevard and Via Granada, and that authorities believe the teenager who was killed may have been playing a game of dares with three other boys.

The Alameda County Sheriff's Department has not responded to queries about the cause of the incident, or confirmed the KTVU story that Patch reported Thursday night.

Jessica Gardner April 13, 2013 at 06:14 AM
I didn't say to post gory pictures, I said to post his picture. Post his school picture and any other students who died on the train tracks. This will be a reminder not only for the current classes but other classes as well.
Ron Lapum April 13, 2013 at 04:36 PM
Our house backs up to the tracks. The train engineer did sound the horn. This was just another tragic example of the "Survival of the Fittest" mentality of many of the youth of today. Just wait until they try playing chicken with a bullet train going 230 miles an hour.
Anonymous April 13, 2013 at 05:32 PM
I am an Amtrak conductor on the Capitol Corridor route and just want to say to the family how sorry we all are for your loss, and how heartbreaking these events are, and how much we feel for the families of these kids. Please know that we do see these these kids in front of us, we blow that whistle for their lives, and are still powerless to prevent most of these accidents. If we could stop we would! We are the first to respond, and these memories we carry with us through our entire careers. I am disheartened by comments that so harshly blame both the parents and the kids, it doesn't help, and it's quite painful for all involved. Please also feel for the kids who had to watch their friend die. Until the owners of the tracks fence off ALL right-of-way's, and make these tracks inaccessible (which they wont do because it costs too much), this will continue to happen.
Tom Abate April 13, 2013 at 08:40 PM
I removed a comment, perhaps the one that prompted your remark.
Amtk conductor June 16, 2013 at 01:04 AM
I am one of the conductors that was on the train that hit this boy. In fact I am the one who found his body as he took his last breath. The news is wrong .. There were only two boys . Both stood in the center of the tracks as we laid on the horn. The game they played was to allow the train to get as close to you as possible before you jump out of the way. The boys had been playing all day and several days before ... I can tell you that I don't think anyone should say he was dumb ... He just thought ...as all kids his age do ..he was invincible. He wasn't spattered ( a cold and harsh the to say by the way) he was in tact with a broken neck. I was there... His friend came screaming for him to get up and then realizing the intensity and severity of the results of their game ... He ran off freaked out. Austin paid the ultimate price ... I prayed for him as he took his last breaths then the police and paramedics arrived. It was needless, I agree... But at impact his backpack exploded leaving all his schoolwork littering the tracks... The ones I picked up had good grades... I have children his age it's been hard on our crew and my condolences to his mother and family... I'm truly sorry for the loss of your son ... May god bless you.


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